Is Going Away To College Right For Me?

“Just because your friend jumped off a bridge, would you jump off a bridge?”

We have all heard this cliché numerous times from our parents, teachers, and other superiors.

The punch line of course is that you shouldn’t do things just because everyone else is doing it. Well the same should be said about moving away for college.

Every day of the last semester of high school for me revolved around college…

Everyone wore the new sweatshirts that they bought on their weekend trips to visit schools, teachers hung up lists of who was accepted where and scouting out friend’s roommates via Facebook was a common pastime.

With all the excitement it was easy to feel like if you weren’t going away to college you were somehow an outsider.

However, community colleges and universities that allow you to live at home are great ways to ease into college demands.

If you think moving away for college may be too overwhelming to do right after high school, ask yourself these questions before you make any pressured decision.

  • 1. “Am I dreading going away to college?”

There is a big difference between being nervous and dreading moving away. Having butterflies about term papers or making new friends…nerves. Counting down the days until Thanksgiving break before move-in day…dread.

  • 2. “Am I prepared to not have the comforts of home?”

No one is fully prepared to eat dining hall food or do their own laundry. However, if being away from home for more than a few days is more than you can handle, easing your way out of your comfort zone may be better than going cold turkey.

  • 3. “Did I choose this college for the right reasons?”

Just because a college has nicely manicured grounds or has made a name for itself in TV shows, doesn’t mean it is the key to your happiness.

If deep down you know that taking a little more time to think about where you really want to go will help, don’t hesitate to chose living at home for the time being. You can always leave whenever you’re sure you found the perfect place.

  • 4. “Am I going away to school because of peer pressure or for academics?”

While frat parties and no curfews can be the selling point for college, believe it or not your main focus should be academics. If you are choosing to go away for college just because your friends are, you’re going for the wrong reasons.

If you’re not ready to leave home going to a college that allows you to live with your family can relieve anxiety and allow you to focus more on your studies.

Packing up and shipping out may work for some people, but everyone is different. Leaving home is a big milestone that should be careful thought about. In the end all that matters is your happiness.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.